Sunday, August 11, 2013

Top 5 Male Fertility Risks You Might Not Know About.

Most people are aware that male infertility maybe related to
certain surgical procedures, hormonal imbalances within the
body's endocrine system and chemotherapy. However, some of
the other most common reasons for loss of fertility are quite
surprising.

We have listed these here.
Requirements for fertility: Investigating the
complex biological process
A recent Wall Street Journal article points out that popular
culture focuses a great deal of attention on the effort, timing,
and planning put into fertility by women, even though the
process of ensuring fertility is actually quite complicated for
men as well. First, the body has to be functioning properly so
that it creates sperm within the testicles, at the astronomical
level of at least 15 million sperm per milliliter of semen. Hormonal
imbalances or biological damages can be the primary cause of
decreased sperm production. Second, the system of tubing
within the genitals must be unblocked and functioning properly
in order to carry the sperm into the semen and prepare the
mixture for ejaculation. This tubing is very fragile, and
sometimes requires treatment in terms of repairing tears, or
removing clogged portions. Furthermore, the sperm created by
the body may be healthy and in proper counts, but may not
have the movement levels or proper shape to be able to swim
to a partner's egg and penetrate it. Since there is a great deal
of stigma surrounding male fertility, many men are not aware
that the process of impregnating their partners can be
affected by some common behavioral choices.
Dangerous risks to male fertility
As aforementioned, fertility levels are determined by a complex
process with many fragile factors. Since this biological
process is so complex, it presents many areas in which your
fertility levels might be lessened, whether your sperm becomes
unhealthy or reduces in number, are not transported well into
the semen, or if the motility and morphology of the sperm are
faulty.
LAPTOPS OVERHEATING THE GENITAL AREA: When the
testicles overheat, they tend to produce less sperm and
often, computers that we hold on our laps are enough to
cause both temporary and permanent damage to the region.
Using saunas or hot tubs frequently also produces the same
effect within the body.
Alcohol abuse: Drinking can present many health risks, but
few men realise that alcohol can actually lower your
testosterone levels. Besides leading to erectile dysfunction, an
abuse of alcohol can permanently decrease the production of
sperm and also lower the mobility levels and general health of
the sperm themselves.

OBESITY: With all of the talk about weight inspired by the
media, it seems like we really don't need one more motivator to
keep our BMIs under control. However, if you are looking for
that one last bit of inspiration to get you to the gym or to put
down that slice of pizza, consider this: being overweight can
throw your hormonal system off-balance and lead to lower
sperm counts.

BICYCLING: Though riding your bike is a fantastic way to get
the body in shape, it has been shown to lead to damage within
the perineum and testicles, both of which can lower the count
of healthy sperm within the semen. The same effect is often
produced through the use of motorcycles, and also through
horseback riding.
High-stress occupations: Turns out, a stressful work
environment can increase your risk of infertility by reducing
healthy sperm count. Furthermore, scientists have noticed that
extended use of computers and other visual display monitors
can trigger hormonal reactions that leave testosterone levels
imbalanced. Don't expect your boss to be accommodating,
however, see if there are changes you can make within your
own working style to reduce stress that you face while on the
job.
Of course, there are many other biological and hormonal
reasons that fertility might be affected by, some of which are
not preventable. But without a doubt, staying informed about
the most common behaviours that lead to a decrease in sperm
count and potency will help to ensure that you enjoy a more
fertile future.
Perhaps the risk of fertility loss that these activities and
behaviors present is not worth you changing your behaviors.
However, by staying informed, you know that you'll make
better choices. If you have any fertility concerns, it is best
that you speak to your primary care physician and undergo
proper tests to determine whether fertility treatment might
be necessary.
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Read this article in Times of India